For Immediate Release: April 21, 2010
Media Contact: Michelle Demetras - 916-654-4989


License Approved for Lodi Power Plant

Sacramento -- The California Energy Commission today approved the construction of the Lodi Energy Center power plant project in northern San Joaquin County.

In a unanimous vote, the Energy Commission adopted the presiding member's proposed decision (PMPD) that recommended licensing the natural gas-fired nominal 255-megawatt facility.

The PMPD said the plant will have no significant impacts on the environment and would conform to all laws, ordinances, regulations, and standards. With the effective implementation of proposed conditions of certification, the facility can be constructed and operated safely and reliably, according to the document.

The PMPD was based solely on the record of facts that were established during the facility's certification proceeding.

Chairman Karen Douglas served as the presiding member of the committee that reviewed the plant's application for certification.

The Northern California Power Agency would construct, own, and operate the plant. The project will be located on 4.4 acres of land owned and incorporated by the city of Lodi, six miles west of the Lodi city center, near Interstate 5, approximately 1.7 miles south of State Route 12. The project site is currently undeveloped and used for equipment storage.

Construction of the power facility from site preparation, demolition, and grading to commercial operation is expected to take approximately 24 months.

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